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Consultant - Emergency Medicine

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
Depending on experience Per annum
Closing date
7 May 2024

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Specialist doctor, Emergency medicine
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you tired of working in an understaffed department? Seeing gaps in the rota? Different agency doctors working every day?

Then look no further, the Emergency Department at Princess Alexandra Hospital is embarking on the most exciting journey yet!!

Being one of a few hospitals in the country that are fully established to the middle grade tier AND trust grade ST1 tier there is ample opportunity and a real need for educational and clinical supervision!

Not only do we have a high number of speciality trainees (one of the highest in our region) We have been able to retain many (4 out of 4 to be precise) of our ST6+ doctors over the last 4 years who have transitioned into consultant posts.

Alongside our full medical establishment, the successful candidates will join our current team of 11 consultants.

Working collaboratively with our Women's and Children's division we would encourage and welcome any PEM Trained applications.

The department is currently undergoing a refurbishment with further improvements planned throughout 2024/25

During 2023/24 we have

  • A new tannoy system improving communication across the department
  • New flooring and redecoration throughout
  • A New assessment area, comprising of 5 dedicated assessment spaces
  • A new and improved dedicated middle grade office

Throughout 2024/25 we will

  • Improve our staff room and staff changing facilities
  • Maximise the use of our storage facilities
  • Maximise and improve the use of office spaces

Main duties of the job

  • To provide Departmental Leadership acting as the senior in charge, including direction and supervision of other doctors and nurses and the provision of clinical advice and microteaching.
  • To advise and decide on investigations appropriate to a given situation and in assessing the significance of results.
  • To work with the NIC/Majors coordinator and Operations team to ensure the safe and smooth running of the Department.
  • To see, treat and discharge or refer ED patients as appropriate.
  • To run all Trauma and Cardiac Arrest Calls, or directly supervise a junior clinician running the call for educational purposes.
  • To liaise with Operations, on-call Executive/Manager and/or Consultants from other departments as necessary to raise awareness of risks to the department, and to work together to mitigate clinical risk, especially during periods of high patient volume or acuity.
  • To actively participate in the Clinical governance and patient safety & quality (PS& Q) activities.
  • To take part in or lead appropriate research/quality improvement projects.
  • To support the teaching, training and development of junior medical, nursing and allied health professional staff.

The above list is an outline only, not exhaustive, and may be altered from time to time to suit the needs of the Service. The post holder will be required to be co-operative and flexible in accordance with the needs of the Department and the Trust.

About us

The Hospital is located in such a way that it will only take you 26minutes to reach London Liverpool Street by train for those days out in the big city or the ease of access to the M11/M25 if you'd rather drive!

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust is a District General Hospital providing acute services to the population of West Essex and East Hertfordshire from a 489 bedded site in Harlow, Essex (PAH). The trust also encompasses two Community hospitals, St Margaret Hospital (SMH) in Epping and the Herts & Essex Hospital (HEH) in Bishops Stortford. Originally opened in 1965, the Trust's vision is tobecome one of the best District General Hospitals in the country basing its foundation on its threecore values: Patient at heart, Everyday excellence, Creative collaboration

Focused on patient experience the Trust has launched a Patient Experience Department and Patient Panel which meets on a monthly basis, receiving presentations from clinical teams across the Trust describing the changes that are enabling the Trust to become more focussed on the needs of patients, families and carers. The latest CQC report reflects the many positive changes made throughout the Trust since its previous inspection report published in October 2016. As a result, we are now rated as 'Good' for Effective, 'Good' for 'Caring', and 'Good' for Well-led. Our Trust's overall rating has risen from 'Inadequate' to 'Requires Improvement', which reflects the programme of quality improvement underway.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Work commitments will be based on a 10 PA job plan within which 2.5 PA is allocated for SPA perweek. The pattern of work is variable but includes the following. 7.5 PA DCCA 2.5 PA SPA 1 APA for out of hours supplement, but may change subject to recruitment On-call commitments: 1 in 10 currently, but will change subject to recruitment. Weekends: 1 in 10 on calls currently, but will change subject to recruitment.- APA will be job planned for educational supervision as appropriate

Job plan will be agreed within the first 3 months of appointment as per Trust Job planning processbased on the departments and the individuals requirements. The work pattern is subject to changesbased on the Trust requirements and the ongoing recruitment.

Person Specification

  • Full GMC registration and hold a current licence to practise. Entry on GMC Specialist Register in Emergency Medicine or eligibility for specialist registration in Emergency Medicine within 6 months from the time of the interview


  • Experience in full scope of RCEM curriculum


  • Previous Consultant level experience in UK Emergency Medicine


  • Valid ATLS, ALS, APLS (EPLS or equivalent) & Emergency USS Level 1


  • Instructor status in ALS/ATLS/APLS/EPLS & USS Level 2

clinical effectiveness

  • Experience in clinical governance activities


  • Understanding of care quality standards within UEC


  • Evidence of leadership courses

Quality improvements

  • Evidence of service improvement projects / achievements


  • FRCEM or equivalent




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